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Caritas Margins is 100% Social Enterprise of the poor.
History of Caritas Margins
Caritas Margins (CM) traces its roots to the Livelihood Program of Caritas Manila, Inc., the social welfare and development arm of the Archdiocese of Manila. As a program, it provided skills trainings to urban poor partners to equip them for employment or for their own livelihood activities as means to earn income and provide for their families.
Towards the end of 2010, outcome assessments of the program indicated that urban poor partners who went on to start their own livelihood activities had limited market access, inspiring CMI to take the program further in helping the partners sell their products.
Thus in 2011, CMI focused the program to developing and enhancing the products of its urban poor partners and helping sell these products while providing skills trainings, marking the beginning of Caritas Margins.
“Margins” was coined from the word “marginalized”, referring to the micro-entrepreneurs that CM supports.
Who We Are
Caritas Margins is a non-stock, non-profit organization which markets quality products of micro-entrepreneurs all over the Philippines and supports the scholarship program of Caritas Manila, the Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) with the revenues raised from its marketing activities.
Caritas Margins has seven (7) product lines by partners and inmates
RELIGIOUS IMAGES AND ROSARIES
ALL NATURAL SOAP
ARTWORKS and PAINTINGS by residents of the New Bilibid Prison, Muntinlupa City
A Social Brand to Help End Poverty
To establish a social enterprise to market quality products of micro entrepreneurs
To identify and develop products of micro-entrepreneurs
To market nationwide and online the quality products of the said micro-entrepreneurs
To provide livelihood entrepreneurial assistance to poor individuals and communities
To network and partner with stakeholders in social enterprise development both local and abroad for research and resource mobilization
To extend values formation and social development services to youth and families in poorest communities nationwide
Spiritually of Work
Culture of Self-reliance and Community
Empowerment Discipline of Entrepreneurship